Cynthia Czajkowski

Program / Dept 1
Molecular Cell Pharmacology
Program / Dept 2
Neuroscience
Short Research Description

Signaling in the brain is regulated by opening and closing of ligand-gated ion channels. Defects in these channels lead to neurological diseases and numerous therapeutic drugs target these channels. My lab studies how these channels open and close, and how drugs and disease-associated mutations alter their function.

Membership in other UW Grad Training Programs
Biophysics, Cell and Molecular Biology, Medical Sciences Training Program, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Physiology
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Undergrad Major:
Biology, Physical Anthropology
Grad Major:
Anatomy, Cell Biology
Significance:
Ligand-gated ion channels mediate signaling in the brain. Understanding how these channels work is necessary for developing drugs to treat neurological disorders such as insomnia, anxiety, and epilepsy.